Community Foundation Grant Provides New Fitness Wear

Westfield2The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s annual Healthy Kids Grants address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  Westfield High School’s Girl’s Fitness Program has received grants the last two years.  This year, the grant is supporting the school to provide tennis shoes for all girls participating in the class.

The grant has created a motivation for the girls involved in the program to get out and be active and actually enjoy exercising.  Many of the girls in the program did not have proper exercise shoes, which will provide girls with a comfortable, active experience.  “The new shoes have had a positive effect on me because I feel like I run faster and I don’t get as tired,” Katie Penny, 11, said.

The new merchandise has also affected the girls personally and have made them join together and motivate each other.  “The new shirts and shoes add a team element to the class and makes us want others in the class to do better,” Starr Baker, 12, said.
Shar Grinups, Girl’s Fitness Teacher, gives the girls an opportunity to create lasting healthy habits.  “This grant has helped the program achieve that goal,” she said.

The 2014-2015 school year is the third annual cycle of the Healthy Kids Grants, with a total of $50,000 awarded to date.  Healthy Kids Grants are made possible by a grant from the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

For more information about the Healthy Kids Grants program, please contact Lesley MacDonald at